Judson Yaggy

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    Bristol, Vermont, USA

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  1. This is awesome, keep it coming!
  2. Several possible causes in no particular order. To be more accurate we need to see pics (close ups) of the machine and its particular parts and the resulting work piece. 1. Ram (tup) guides too loose allowing the dies to shuck sideways upon impact. Even a little slop will start to affect the WP. 2. Dies not perfectly parallel. Could be in the machining of the dies, could be in the fit-up of the whole machine. 3. Operator error. Not rotating perfectly 90 deg. per turn or holding the stock out of level with the dies. Film yourself working with your phone, it'll be an eye opener. 4. Aysmetrically heated work. We need more info.
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    a new one

    I had a Hill (200#) for a few years. Good solid anvil, slightly oddball hardy hole size.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    I'll poke around the scrap pile. Think I may have something close.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Jennifer, how big a piece of wrought do you need? I have some big chunks, could bring them to the meet next weekend...
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    Anvil obsession

    Because I can't resist poking the dead equine, that's a HUGE square anvil in John's post above... perhaps the Romans were onboard with the bigger is better thing.
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    Maker of this anvil?? Pic heavy

    Hay Budden. Nice one!
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    NEB Fall Meet

    Nice! Going to play in the forging contest? Prizes will be some of my tongs!
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    NEB Fall Meet

    Online registration now available. http://www.newenglandblacksmiths.org/meet-registration/ AND I just got my paper flier in the mail today. If that's how you roll, check your mailbox.
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    NEB Fall Meet

    I have been asured the flier is coming out soon.
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    NEB Fall Meet

    Don't forget, less than a month! Fall Meet- Sept. 7,8,9 at the Morell Metalsmith's shop in Colrain MA. Mark Aspery demonstrator. See you there!
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    Antique Bender??

    I've never seen a commercially produced antique bender better than the Hossfelds, but there arent many. The Diarcos are stiffer than the Hossfelds in my experiance but less versatile and have smaller capacity. Seems to me that Hossfelds are a pretty simple design. A pro smith disappointed with one could pretty easily bend one up out of say 1x4" 4140, machine some precice holes, and be good to go.
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    New Swage Block Pattern

    Fewer and smaller round holes would suit modern hobby smiths better. I'd personally like to see more rectangular slots as I think they support bars being punched or drifted for architectural metalwork better than a big round hole. If you use a tool or a few or tens of hours your brain is perfectly capable of remembering forever where the round peg goes. I'd be more interested in a block that didn't align the stress risers. Looks like the current design has taken that into account.
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    Tool Barn Photos

    I've been loving the whatzit posts and will help out when I can. Also love seeing tools preserved in a museum for posterity, but am having a hard time reconciling the 500 year hopeful estimate with the photos of peg board and pine timbers. Both of the backer materials in the photos are moisture resivoirs (moisture is the bane of both wood and iron). If they have been kiln dried and are in a climate controlled environment that's great but will the environment survive 500 years? I know, I know, budget is the penultimate factor for small museums. But some time spent thinking about the system as a whole might be worthwhile. Budget cleaning and oiling every 6 months? Peg board is some sort of MDO (medium density overlay) or MDF (medium density fiber) sheet particle board wood product. There have been well documented problems with MDO and MDF off gassing formaldehyde . Don't know how that would effect the conservation of ironwork but it might be worth looking into.